Press Release November 3, 2008

V2_Publishing is proud to announce that the English-language version of its monograph on the Dutch artist and composer Dick Raaymakers (1930) is now available.

Eds.: Arjen Mulder, Joke Brouwer | Hardcover | Full color illustrated | 450 pages | English | ISBN: 978-90-5662-600-6 | €59.90

Authors and translators have been hard at work for many months unlocking the oeuvre and writings of this pioneer of electronic art and music for an international audience. Raaymakers’ work has influenced countless international musicians, theater makers and artists. In 1957, under the name of Kid Baltan, he produced the world’s first electronic pop song, “Song of the Second Moon” – which David Bowie called “a song that defined my listening life.”

The English edition of V2_’s complete monograph on this striking artist covers the breadth and depth of his work. This richly illustrated book offers insight into Raaymakers’ creative methods, thought processes and motivations and is an essential reference work. Complementing this overview are essays by experts from the worlds of music and theater, including Elmer Schönberger, Frans Evers, Kees Tazelaar, Michael van Hoogenhuyze and Paul Slangen. With V2_Institute for the Unstable Media, Dick Raaymakers has spent two years digging through his personal archive, tracking down early sketches, correspondence and final drafts of all his works, as well as documentation of often intense collaborations and performances.

To request review copies, images or more information, please contact Joris van Ballegooijen, PR and Communication, V2_Publishing, by phone at +31-10-206-7272 or send an e-mail. We would greatly appreciate receiving a copy of your review.

Praise for the Dutch edition:

“It’s not just a book to read – it’s a book to experience intensely.”
Maarten Brandt, Opus Klassiek

“This monograph is simply the most wonderful book about a living composer I have ever seen.”
Kees Polling, Gonzo (circus)

“The best thing of all about the book is that Raaymakers wrote most of it himself.”
Roland de Beer, De Volkskrant

“By thinking outside of musical frames Raaymakers has been able to unite music, theater and visual art like no one else.”
Composer and conductor Reinbert de Leeuw

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